While the largest fashion focus of the wedding is indisputably the wedding gown, shoes might be the most important accessory. Whether your shoes are your statement piece or low on your priorities, here are some tips for the perfect pair.
Any kind of shoe can be a wedding shoe so don’t be afraid to show your style with your footwear choice. We have seen it all at The Bridal Collection, from sparkly Badgley Mischka’s to dusty cowboy boots to sky-high Manolo Blahniks to flip flops. Converse even offers customizable wedding shoes for the Bride & Groom and TOMS has a full Wedding Collection on their website. Consider a color too; shoes are a fun option for your “something blue”.
We all have seen that dreamlike wedding photo of the dress hanging on the artistic hanger in the window with a fabulous pair of shoes in the background or foreground. If you love how that picture looks, but your feet wouldn’t last an hour in those shoes, don’t force it, fake it. Why not purchase an extra pair of amazing-looking shoes for
photos and perhaps your ceremony and then change into a more comfortable pair for the reception? Keeping the heel heights similar will ensure your dress won’t be too long after the switch.
Comfort is Key
On your wedding day, you will do a ton of standing, walking, and dancing so make sure you can last in your shoes. Just because shoes fit in the store for 10 minutes does not mean that they will remain comfy after you’ve taken photos, stood for the ceremony and greeted guests, much less dancing. Enough said.
If the Shoe Fits
Once you get your shoes, break them in a little. We recommend wearing a thin sock with your shoes and vacuuming your house. The walking motion will help break them in and when you lunge forward to reach under furniture you bend that back foot also helping to flex the shoe. The sock will help stretch out any snug spot and protect the shoe and your feet from rubbing. Once the shoe is feeling good, go out and shuffle-ball-change or twist in the parking lot or driveway to scratch up the surface of the sole making it less slippery. Nobody wants to slip on the dance floor.
Pack an Extra Pair
Foldable Ballet flats stored in your wedding day bag can be a lifesaver at your reception. Amazon has dozens of choices in a huge range of colors and styles. Flip-flops or tennis shoes also can be a fun way to stay comfortable at your reception. We’ve even seen brides station flip flops around the dance floor for guests. The Bridal Collection, located just south of Denver, Colorado, has stylish designer shoes from Badgley Mischka, David Tutera, Angela Nuran and more. Stop in or schedule your appointment for bridal accessories at thebridalcollection.com.